That's messed up

Friday, August 01, 2008

So I caught this via AAM and man - that's just fucked up because it's one thing to make a mistake, but it's a completely different thing to get awarded your medal for mistaking the wrong house. Damn.

Police apparently acted on some bad information from an informant and ended raiding the wrong house, expecting to find a violent gang member. Only this house was occupied by a family. With six children. And a concerned father wielding a shotgun.

35-year-old Vang Khang, believing the gunmen to be robbers, started shooting at the intruders. They fired back, unloading twenty-two bullets before Khang understood who the men were. When all was said and done, the city eventually apologized to the family for their error.

So this week, eight Minneapolis officers received medals in City Hall for their "valor" in the botched raid: Minneapolis police: A mistake, an apology and then medals. You've got to be kidding me. The officers were recognized for performing "bravely under gunfire and made smart decisions." That second part is what really kills me.
Check out the full post and links here.